Hoquiam boys roll by Tenino, but girls fall


RAINIER — Cole Smith enjoyed a near-perfect shooting night as Hoquiam pulled away from Rainier for a 76-43 victory in the boys half of an Evergreen 1A League doubleheader Tuesday night at Rainier.

Hitting 10-of-11 from the field — including 7-of-7 in the second half — Smith led all scorers with 20 points.

Senior guard Ronnie Espedal, playing despite a possible broken toe suffered in weight training class that afternoon, went 11-of-12 from the line in adding 17 points.

As a team, the Grizzlies shot 64 percent from the field.

The heavily favored Grizzlies (6-1, 13-2) led by only five, 30-25, at the half. But they pounded the ball inside, primarily to Smith, in pulling away in the second half.

“I thought we clamped down much better defensively,” Hoquiam coach Curtis Eccles said. “We were able to rebound more effectively and we got it inside like we wanted to.”

David Sandstrom turned in a solid all-around game for the Grizzlies, contributing 13 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and four steals.

Sandstrom also drew the defensive duty on Rainier’s Alex Froembling in the second half. Froembling paced the Mountaineers with 19 points, but only seven came in the final two quarters.

The Grizzlies return home Friday to host Forks.

Hoq 11 19 22 24 — 76 Rain 10 15 12 6 — 43

Hoquiam (76) — Smith 20, Espedal 17, Sandstrom 13, Newton 10, Guined 7, Boulden 5, Lorton 4, Kelly. FG — 28-44 (.637). FT — 18-25.

Rainier (43) — Froembling 19, Bell 9, Shaw 5, Miller 3, McCann 2, Evans 3, Dragt 2, Eygabroad. FG — 16-52 (.308). FT — 7-11.

JV — Hoquiam 64, Rainier 61.

GIRLS Mountaineers 51, Grizzlies 46

RAINIER — A slow first half for Hoquiam was too much of a deficit to overcome in this Evergreen 1A loss to Rainier on Tuesday.

The host Mountaineers jumped out to a 30-11 halftime lead. The Grizzlies trimmed the deficit down to two with four minutes in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t close the rest of the gap.

“We are Jekyll and Hyde — we didn’t have any energy in the first half, but we had energy and flipped the court in the second half,” HHS head coach Chad Allan said.

Brandi Creviston scored 18 of her game-high 21 points in the second half, including four of her five 3-point baskets. Ellie Quercia added 12 points and seven rebounds and Chelsy Stewart swiped seven steals.

Bailee Bradley was cited for her energy off the bench.

On Thursday, Hoquiam travels to rival Aberdeen.

Hoq 4 7 15 20 — 46 Rain 13 17 4 17 — 51

Hoquiam (46) — Quercia 12, Parker 2, Rose 2, Creviston 21, C. Stewart 6, Madison 2, Ky. Stewart 2, Bradley, Johnson. FG — 16-40 (.400). FT — 10-20.

Rainier (51) — Thomas 3, Turcott 1, Kelsey Eygabroad 16, Honaker 4, Brown 6, Ka. Eygabroad 4, Tungan 13, Justice 4. FG — 18-38 (.474). FT — 13-22.